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Thomas Quinn

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Name, Aliases & Gender

Name: Thomas Quinn
Aliases: Quin
Gender: m

Birth, Occupation & Death

Date of Birth: 1802
Occupation: -
Date of Death: 18th June, 1827
Age: 25 years

Life Span

Life span

Male median life span was 54 years*

* Median life span based on contributions

Conviction & Transportation

Sentence Severity

Sentence Severity

Sentenced to 7 years

Crime: -
Convicted at: Cork City
Sentence term: 7 years
Ship: Minerva
Departure date: 1819
Arrival date*: 30th July, 1819
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 172 other convicts
* Arrival date is estimated


Primary source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
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Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2021 wrote:


Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry.
Thomas Quinn, alias Quin, age 17,  per Minerva I (2) 1819, Tried Cork City, 1819, 7 years. DOB, 1802, native of Cork City. School boy.


Convict Index.
Thomas Quinn,  Minerva 1819, Certificate of Freedom, 30 Mar 1826. 124/5097.

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2021 wrote:

Friday, March 15.
Edward McGinness and Thomas Quin were indicted for a burglary in the dwelling-house of Felix McCabe, about the hour of three in the morning of the 10th of September.
Peter Butler, a constable, deposed, that about the hour of three in the morning of the 10th of September, he was proceeding, in company with another constable, named Downey, down Market-street, and observing a bench, which usually stood under the verandah of McCabe’s house, to be disturbed from its place, he suspected some thing wrong, and, on approaching the house, saw a hole broken through the wall into the shop, and looking about, saw the prisoner McGinness crouched in a corner near the aperture, who was immediately laid hold of by the other constable.  Witness then raised an alarm, and called out to McCabe to rise, at the same time desiring him not to open the door, until he had procured a light and searched the house. McCabe accordingly did so, and the other prisoner, Quinn, was found concealed in the shop, near the fire-place.
Felix McCabe deposed, that he was alarmed on Sunday morning by the constable calling out that the house was broken into ; he got up, and having procured a light, found the prisoner Quin in the shop ; a hole, large enough to admit a man, was broken through the wall.
Michael Downing, a constable, corroborated the evidence of Butler; the prisoner McGinness attempted to wrest the staff from witness ; he made considerable resistance, and did not submit till Butler presented a pistol, and threatened to shoot him ; an iron crow-bar was found on the ground near the prisoner. Guilty—Remanded.
Sydney Gazette, 16 Sep 1826.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 22.- This morning the following prisoners received sentence:-

Edward M Guinesss and Thomas Quinn, for burglary.—Death.

Sydney Gazette, 23 Sep 1826.

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Feb 20, 1827.
WHEREAS THE FIVE CONVICTED FELONS, whose names are undermentioned effected their
Escape from the Phoenix Hulk, at an early Hour in the Morning of Monday last; NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a REWARD of TWENTY POUNDS will be paid for the Apprehension of each of the said Felons, who shall be safely lodged in one of His Majesty’s Goals….
EDWARD M’GUINESS, per Tyne, 1819 Labourer, a Native of Dublin; 26 years of age; 5 feet 5 inches high ; with dark sallow complexion, pock-pitted, black hair, and blue eyes.
WILLIAM WEBB, per Mangles, 1820, Cloth-dresser, a Native of Gloucestershire; 30 years of age; 5 feet 7 inches high; with fair pale complexion, brown hair, and hazle eyes.
THOMAS QUINN, per Minerva, (3), 1819, Labourer, a Native of Cork City; 24 years of age; 5 feet 3 inches and 3 quarters high; with fair pale complexion, brown hair, and hazle eyes.
JOHN LYNCH, per Dorothy, 1820, Labourer, a Native of the County of Kildare;- 27 years of age; 5 ft. 2 inches and a half high; with fair ruddy complexion, flaxen hair, and blue eyes.
PATRICK GEARY, or GOW, per Guilford (2). 1816, Blacksmith; 30 years of age: 5 feet 1 inch and 3 quarters high ; with ruddy complexion, brown hair and hazle eyes.
By His Excellency’s Command,
The Monitor, Sydney, 24 Feb 1827.


Supreme Criminal Court.
John Lynch, Patrick Geary, and Thomas Quinn, were indicted for a robbery in the house of Timothy Beard, at Carns’ hill, and putting the inmates in bodily fear, on the 14th March last. Daniel McQuirk was also indicted as an accessary after the fact, in harbouring and maintaining the principals, Geary and Quinn-Guilty. The other prisoners-Not Guilty.
The same prisoners were again indicted for a robbery in the house of Thomas Parnell, at Richmond. The Jury acquitted McQuirk, and found the three other prisoners Guilty.-Remanded.

The following prisoners were severally placed at the bar, and received sentence :

Patrick Geary, and Thomas Quinn, for a robbery in the house of Timothy Beard, publican, at Carns’-hill, and putting the inmates in bodily fear-Death.
John Lynch, for a robbery in the house of Thomas Parnell, publican, at Richmond, and putting the inmates in bodily fear - Death.
Sydney Gazette, 4 Jun 1827.

Patrick Geary and Thomas Quin, convicted of a robbery in the dwelling house of Timothy Beard, were next placed at the bar.
Mr. Justice Stephen, addressing the prisoners, said it was much to be lamented that it was not the first time for a similar offence to the one of which they had been found guilty, that their lives had been justly forfeited. His Excellency the Governor, had upon an occasion of very recent date extended the Royal Mercy and commuted their sentences to banishment. It was a lamentable circumstance, that that mercy so extended towards them, had been of such little effect as to bring them again before that Court : after having made an escape, from the prison wherein they were confined, they had once more returned to their old course of iniquity; it was impossible for them (the prisoners) to expect the slightest mercy under all the aggravated circumstances of their case ; and it therefore only remained for the Court to pronounce that sentence, which the law affixed as the punishment for the crime of which they had been found guilty.
Short was the time allotted to them for their existence upon this earth; and it therefore would best become them to employ that time in repentance and prayer.
The Judge then passed sentence of death on the culprits in the usual way.
The Australian, 6 June 1827.
Thomas Quinn was executed on Monday 18 June 1827.

Scarcely one week succeeds another without causing us to occupy some portion of our columns in detailing the last closing scene of some victims to justice. Four culprits suffered on Monday; one of them a man named Coogan, for a forgery on the Bank of Australia; the other three, Quinn, Lynch and Geary, for being the perpetrators of various robberies.
The Australian, Wed. 20 Jun 1827.

A long account of the execution. 
“A brother of the unfortunate man Quinn was present, and seemed deeply affected.”

Convict Changes History

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2021 made the following changes:

convicted at, term: 7 years, voyage, source: Irish Convict Database, by Peter Mayberry. (prev. ), firstname: Thomas, surname: Quinn, alias1: Quin, alias2: , alias3: , alias4: , date of birth: 1802, date of death: 0000, gender: m, occupation, crime

Maureen Withey on 12th July, 2021 made the following changes:

date of death: 18th June, 1827 (prev. 0000)

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